Police arrests man accused of vandalizing temple in Pakistan

By our Staff Reporter

Islamabad: A person was arrested after the vandalism of the Hindu temple in Pakistan ‘s southeastern province of Sindh. 

The local police reported the FIR on the incident at the Shri Ramdev Temple in the Kario Ghanwar district of Badin and arrested Muhammad Ismail Sheedi, a local who was identified by complainant Ashok Kumar as the person believed to have caused the profanation.

Police officer Badin Shabir Sethar told local media that he had ordered an inquiry and demanded an investigation report within 24 hours. He also said he believed the accused had an unsound mind. “We have yet to confirm that he (Ismail) is mentally healthy and deliberately damaged the murtis (idols),” he said, adding that Ismail is also a drug addict. 

The Hindus are Pakistan’s largest minority group. The community resides mainly in the province of Sindh. Kario Ghanwar is home to the Hindu communities of Kolhi, Menghwar, Guwaria, and Karia. According to official estimates, there are 75 lakh Hindus living in Pakistan. 

Incidents of violence against the minority community in Sindh have been recorded frequently. Condemning vandalism, Pakistani human rights activist and spokeswoman for Justice for Minorities in Pakistan Anila Gulzar, based in London, said that only 20 temples out of 428 remain. 

In May, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemned the attack on the homes of Hindus and Christian communities in the Bahawalpur province of Punjab. A video of a similar incident appeared on the Internet earlier this year in which a Basti from a minority Hindu group in Bhawalpur was demolished.

The demolition exercise was carried out under the supervision of Tariq Bashir Cheema, Minister of Housing in the Imran Khan Administration, and Chief Information Officer Shahid Khokhar.

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